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Automotive - Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Wakefield College

Course description

If you are interested in a career in the motor industry, this course could help you to gain employment in the trade or to progress. The programme is delivered at our Castleford Campus with its state-of-the-art workshops and facilities which will enable you to work to industry standards using industry based equipment.

Course content

What you will study

You will learn how to diagnose and rectify faults relating to vehicle engines, chassis systems, auxiliary/electrical systems and transmission systems all to industry standards using a wide range of test equipment, and some computer based diagnostic equipment. You will also study vehicle inspection procedures to industry standards covering mandatory vehicle inspections and vehicle manufacture inspections using MOT type equipment, some of which is computer based.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including English and Maths
4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4)
Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths, and
Grade D (new grade 3) or Level 1 Functional Skills in the other


5 GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4) including English or Maths
A relevant Level 2 qualification (such as City & Guilds 4290 at Level 2) with Level 2 in English and/or Maths.


You will sit five multi-choice examinations and undertake practical assessments in related workshop activities, including completing a portfolio, all to industry standards.  

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

If you obtain employment within the industry you could progress to the City & Guilds 4270 work-based qualifications. Other possibilities include City & Guilds Level 4 automotive qualifications or Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 supervisor or Level 4 management qualifications. Some students progress into training to become diagnostic technicians and approved ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) approved vehicle diagnostic technicians, and VOSA training to become MOT testers. Students can progress to study at Higher Education level. 


Career opportunities

Many opportunities exist for technicians within both the light vehicle and heavy vehicle areas of the motor vehicle repair industry. You could join a small local firm, a major national chain or end up owning your own business. You could specialise in working on light vehicle (cars) or heavy vehicles (HGV), buses or farm vehicles, work on new models for a manufacturer, go into the armed forces or even join a motor racing team as a mechanic/race technician. Some students progress to become MOT testers and vehicle diagnostic technicians. You may wish to progress into management or into one of the many other areas of the motor industry.   

Further information


If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 September 2017
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.